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The Maid

Rated NR 94 minutes 2009

In the opening scene of this Chilean drama, a middle-class family throws an after-dinner birthday party for the live-in maid, who's been with the family for 20 years and just turned 41. She's one of them, the family members insist, but as friction builds between the stout, stone-faced woman and the two eldest children, now teenagers beginning to assert themselves, her limits inside the home become all too clear. Further threatened when the mother decides to hire a second domestic, the maid conspires against a series of unwanted partners, locking them out of the house and framing them for various mishaps. As played by Catalina Saavedra, she's a guarded, ruthless, but ultimately poignant character, and writer-director Sebastian Silva studies the levers of power inside the little household as if it were the Politburo. In Spanish with subtitles.

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Director: Sebastián Silva

Writer: Sebastián Silva

Cast: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Alejandro Goic, Andrea García-Huidobro and Mariana Loyola

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